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Why Did Microsoft Put a Data Center Underwater?

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Why Did Microsoft Put a Data Center Underwater?

“Cloud computing” has been a buzzword for a few years now, it’s the term for when software, data storage, and processing is handled remotely in a server somewhere rather than on the local device you’re on. Despite its lofty name though, it doesn’t take place up in some mystical cloud, but rather inside a mundane […]

The Dark Energy Survey Revealed New Origins of Stars in Our Galaxy

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The Dark Energy Survey Revealed New Origins of Stars in Our Galaxy

For years now, astronomers have been looking at the sky to try and find dark energy — energy that mathematically should exist, but that we’re not sure how to detect, or where to find. To detect the undetectable, scientists build increasingly sensitive telescopes and point them at the sky to do a survey. And one […]

Scientists’ Crazy Plan to Power Solar Panels with E. Coli

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Scientists’ Crazy Plan to Power Solar Panels with E. Coli

Solar panels have amazing promise, but serious limitations. They’re expensive to produce, and it’s in the name–you need sun to power them. What if there were a way to make solar panels cheaper AND functional even in places with limited sun? And what if I told you the key to this is…bacteria? I know! Color […]

How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

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How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient?

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What Countries Are The Most Energy Efficient?

As emerging economies continue to expand, their energy needs are set to grow dramatically in the coming years. The International Energy Agency has even predicted that global energy use will increase by 30 percent over the next two and a half decades. With crude oil the source of so much volatility around the world, there […]

Mini-Nuclear Reactors Are Coming, and They Could Reinvent the Energy Industry

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Mini-Nuclear Reactors Are Coming, and They Could Reinvent the Energy Industry

Pat, we have a reactor trip on Unit 5. Containment is isolated. Demon water is isolated. CVCS is isolated. DHR is in service. And pressurizer heater trips has occurred. All safety functions are green. Understand. We’ve got a reactor trip on Unit 5 and all safety functions are green. That’s correct. Ryan, can you take […]

Lightning Struck Apollo 12… Twice, Here’s How Mission Control Reacted | Apollo

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Lightning Struck Apollo 12… Twice, Here’s How Mission Control Reacted | Apollo

There’s a lot that can go wrong during a spacecraft launch. And shortly after Apollo 12 left the ground, the mission was struck with an electrifying complication. Not once… but twice. [Astronauts] I don’t know what happened here. We had everything in the world drop out. I’m not sure we didn’t get hit by lighting. […]

How ESA’s Dark Energy Telescope Will Map the ‘Dark Universe’ | Countdown To Launch

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How ESA’s Dark Energy Telescope Will Map the ‘Dark Universe’ | Countdown To Launch

The universe is filled with planets, asteroids, black holes, and galaxies—each with their own set of mysteries. But one of the best concealed aspects of deep space lies in what scientists describe as This is where dark energy and dark matter hide, interacting with the matter we can actually see. Scientists know very little about […]

What Is Dark Energy?

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What Is Dark Energy?

What if you threw a baseball up in the air and it never stopped? And then, not only did it defy gravity, it started racing away faster and faster with nothing propelling it. That’s exactly how astronomers felt in 1998, except, instead of a ball, they found the entire universe was racing apart faster and […]

These Strange Metals Could Make Electronics Perfectly Efficient

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These Strange Metals Could Make Electronics Perfectly Efficient

Want 100% efficiency electronics? How about levitating transportation? Faster supercomputers? Duh-duh-nuh-nuh!!! Superconductors to the rescue! As long as the world you live in is close to absolute zero, that is. See, superconductors are materials with all of these amazing potential applications…but the conditions required for them to work are pretty extreme. It’s gonna take a […]